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Court Sentences Father To 10 Years In Prison For Defiling, Impregnating Daughter

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced a 58-year-old farmer, Yesiru Onajobi, to 10 years imprisonment for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter.

Justice Sule Hassan convicted Onajobi following a six-year trial. He was arraigned by the National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), on July 18, 2013.

The Prosecutor (NAPTIP), had told the court that after the death of Onajobi’s wife, he took custody of his only daughter who is a twin, while her brother was with relatives.

The convict was said to have engaged in repeated sexual activities with his daughter, with whom he shared the same bed and restrained her movement or interaction with neighbours.

On Friday, the judge said the prosecution successfully proved the charges of defilement and molestation against the farmer.

“The prosecution has been able to establish the charges against the defendant. I have also listened to the plea of allocutos made by the defendant’s counsel, though, she did not say much.

“The offences that the defendant is charged with are very serious offences, consequently, I hereby sentence you, Yesiru Onajobi to 10 years imprisonment each, on counts one and two, without an option of fine.

“The terms shall run concurrently from the date of arrest,” Justice Hassan held.

The offences, according to NAPTIP, contravened Sections 13 (1) and 18 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement Act 2003.

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